Written by PETA
It sounds like a bit from a Jeff Foxworthy routine, but
unfortunately, these rednecks aren't kidding: The Piccadilly Circus is hauling
around a diapered kangaroo named Rocky and forcing him to "fight" in
boxing matches. PETA has asked officials in
Pueblo, Colorado, the circus's next stop, to enforce an ordinance that
prohibits animals from being mistreated or abused and to stop the show from
taking place. Regardless of where you live, please let Pueblo
officials know that you expect them to pull the plug on this cruel
Rocky is clearly stressed
and has charged people during photo shoots and chewed on his own arm, and
although restrained, he has attempted to flee the ring during the act. Javier Martinez,
the exhibitor responsible for this spectacle, has been cited by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture for failing
to handle a kangaroo in a manner that does not cause trauma, behavioral stress,
physical harm, or unnecessary discomfort while in Pueblo in violation of
the Animal Welfare Act.
At least two
kangaroos used in Martinez's "boxing" act have died while touring
with a circus, including one who died
from complications of a deadly bacterial disease called "lumpy jaw,"
which can result from severe crowding, poor hygiene, poor diet, and stressful
Put the pressure on Pueblo officials by sending them an e-mail today and urging
them to KO the kangaroo boxing act.
Written by Jennifer O'Connor
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